Advocating for You: April 2018

ACAR members and staff continued efforts to promote #HomeForAll throughout northeast Ohio. Covering topics from home inspector licensing to Fair Housing and tax reform, we are reminded how the government is involved in every part of the real estate transaction.

During the Ohio Realtors Spring/Legislative Conference, ACAR members learned more about the Point of Sale Inspection court cases in the Northern District Court and Southern District Court, from the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law during the Local Government Forum. It was at that time, ACAR President Karen O’Donnell made the following motion, which was passed unanimously by members from across the State, “…that the Legislative Steering Committee recommend that Ohio REALTORS utilize appropriate resources to ensure Point of Sale inspections are illegal statewide as soon as possible.” We hope to learn during the Ohio Realtors Convention in September if the organization will take this issue up at the state level.

Next, ACAR staff participated in a regional meeting with Cuyahoga County Councilwoman Shontel Brown. Brown also serves as the chair of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party. The meeting gave ACAR’s Vice President of Government Affairs Jamie McMillen the opportunity to encourage all to recognize the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, and to inquire as to whether she (Brown) had heard of specific housing challenges in her district. Inventory challenges seemed to be the primary concern making its way to her office.

As we’ve reported the last few months, Euclid continues to be a priority for ACAR and its #HomeForAll efforts. We were honored to attend a City Council meeting and accept a resolution recognizing the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, as well as ACAR’s efforts in making homeownership more achievable in Euclid. Special thanks to Mayor Kirsten Holzheimer Gail and Councilwoman Laura Gorshe for their efforts on this and the City’s Point of Sale inspection policy.

Several members of ACAR attended the annual Cuyahoga County Lincoln Day Dinner in Cleveland. In addition to gaining insight about the upcoming elections, being present at community meetings like this allows ACAR to connect with many community leaders and elected officials. This, in turn, helps us promote not only the association’s work and policy positions, but also shines light on the important role Realtors® play in all our municipalities.

Finally, ACAR was invited to attend a small business roundtable hosted by Congressman Jim Renacci. The topic of the day was President Trump’s tax reform bill, which was signed into law in December 2017.  In addition to Renacci, the panel included Senator Rob Portman, Ivanka Trump (Assistant to the President), and Jovita Carranza (U.S. Treasurer). Although we submitted a question asking if anything was being done to reduce burdensome SBA policies that can be a disincentive to utilizing their programs, our question was not covered before the event concluded.

For more information, or if you are interested in joining the Legislative Committee or serving as a Community Watchdog, please contact our Government Affairs Department.

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